October 23, 2006 The The group arrived on October 15. for their annual one-week workshop. During the week, the performers Jayne Lee, Delisa Myles, Paul Moore, Joanna Rotkin, Megan Montgomery had rehearsals on the dance floor, which was especially set up for the performance. [Photo: sa & text: rc] As usual in every event, a fine dinner was prepared, by chef Eleanor Gilles, for visitors and residents before the performance. The costumes were designed by Anastazia Louise and Fkir Elderfae, who also did the sound. Murray Natkie, staff member of the Arcosanti Information Service, did the lighting. Human Nature was formed in 1994 and is based in Flagstaff. The group performs regularly in the region and also has performed nationally and internationally. [Photo: sa & text: rc]
France-based technology company Netgem has said it will significantly increase its research and development efforts to extend its range of products in the access and multiscreen content distribution arena.In France, the company will increase its investments in in connected TV and related services, which it believes offers solid prospects for growth. The company has also set a target of doubling its international revenue between 2011 and 2014.Netgem has also announced a reorganisation of its senior management.Christophe Aulnette will now become president of Netgem International, continuing to guide the international development of the group, while Joseph Haddad will take over as CEO.Aulnette has been named as a director on Netgem’s board, succeeding Charles Berdugo, who has resigned for personal reasons.Netgem posted revenues of EUR22.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, down 9% on the same period last year. While domestic French revenues fell by 41% to EUR5.4 million, international revenues grew by 9% to EUR17.5 million.
TV revenue growth across the world’s major countries outperformed other communications industries last year, and the UK led across a range of metrics amongst European countries, according to Ofcom’s International Communications Market Report.According to the report which drew on a variety of sources to compare the communications sector – telecoms, TV, postal communications and radio – across 17 countries, the overall sector turned in revenues of £1,228 billion (€1,464 billion) globally in 2012, growing by 2.5% year-on-year.Telecoms saw the biggest absolute increase in revenue of £22 billion or 4.1% to £865 billion. However, TV revenues grew the fastest – by 4.1% in 2012 to £252 billion, with the BRIC countries leading the way, but a decline in revenues in Europe and Canada.Global TV subscription revenues were up 4.4%, while net advertising revenues grew by 4.6% in 2012.The UK was the leading European country for TV revenues, with £11.7 billion compared with £11 billion in Germany and £9.5 billion in France.Germany and France were both ahead of the UK in the number of homes signed up to pay TV services with 64% each, according to Ofcom’s definition, compared with 54% for the UK.The UK, Spain and Italy were the only three major countries where all main TV sets in households received digital signals. Almost half of UK homes received HD TV, higher than the 33% average for the major European countries. UK homes also had the highest propensity to own DVRs, with 41% of households owning a device, and UK consumers were most likely to access TV content over the internet, with 36% of internet users claiming to do so every week.The UK also led on catch-up viewing on smart TVs, mobile phones and tablets, with 77% of smart TV owners accessing catch-up TV on that device, and a third of tablet owners and 12% of smartphone owners using their devices to watch catch-up content. A third of UK homes with games consoles also used that device to access catch-up content, much higher than the proportion doing so in other European countries.Smart TV ownership averaged out at 19% across the countries studied. UK smart TV ownership stood at 17%, compared with 21% in Germany and 9% in France.The UK had higher than average linear TV viewing, with the average home watching four hours of linear TV a day, 19 minutes more than the international average.Revenues from the sale of UK TV programming to international markets stood at £1.22 billion in 2012, up 4% year-on-year, with the US remaining the largest international market.The UK led the international field in the number of respondents receiving a bundle of services from their broadband supplier, with 77% of UK respondents doing so. Prices in the UK compared favourably with other countries, with Italy and France also performing well.The report compares the UK with 16 countries – France, Germany, Italy, the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Emiliano CalemzukFormer Fox and Shine boss Emiliano Calemzuk has created a new content company, Rampante, and teamed up with publishing group Time Inc. to form a new production company.The new prodco will make video content for a new multiplatform library and will also help Time distribute its video content.Time Inc. brands include Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, Food & Wine and Fortune. The Time Inc.-Rampante content will be based around Time brands and it will be distributed to linear channels and SVOD and digital platforms in the US and internationally, Joe Ripp, Time CEO said.“We are expanding our video strategy to leverage the breadth of our portfolio in a cohesive, high-volume way,” said Ripp. “By partnering with Emiliano, we are gaining experience in television production and international channel distribution. Moreover, without taking on unnecessary overhead, we will have an immediate presence in Los Angeles.”Calemzuk said: “After spending time with executives and editors, I am convinced that the strength and depth of the Time Inc. portfolio has the potential to lead the long-form digital video world in the decades to come.”He added: “I also look forward to assisting Time Inc.’s management in developing strategies to evolve the subscription model for the next generation of consumers.”Calemzuk was boss of Shine America until early 2012. Upon his departure, Shine said he was taking a “break from day-to-day executive duties”. With that break now over, he has formed Rampante (Spanish for ‘rampant’).Prior to Shine, Calemzuk served a twelve-year stint at News Corp. (now 21st Century Fox), where he ran cable programming arm FtvS and before that, international channels division, Fox International Channels.West Coast-based Rampante is described as a “next-generation content production and distribution company focused on high-growth segments of the media business”. It will work in digital and regular TV production in the US, US Hispanic and international TV markets.
Russian satellite operator RSCC has launched Ka-band-based broadband services in central Russia and the Urals via its new Express-AM6 satellite at 53° East.Russian providers started to offer satellite broadband services in the Ka-band using domestic spacecraft in the Far East and Siberia last year.Since April 2016, the service area of high-speed satellite system has expanded, now covering the country’s central and southern Ural regions. The service is provided via RSCC’s Express-AM6 (53 ° East) and Express-AM5 (140 ° East) spacecraft. The total length of the coverage area in the Ka-band is 7,000km.“The project start in the central regions of Russia and the Urals is truly an important event for the Russian satellite communications industry. The experience and expertise accumulated by market participants, and the innovative technology platform which the operators have selected, allow us to offer the individual and business user a quality service of state-of-the-art modern high-speed broadband Internet access,” said RSCC director-general Yuri Prokhorov.“Implementation of the high-speed internet access project will also contribute to greater competition and, as a consequence, improve the quality and availability to the public of broadband services throughout the territory of Russia.”